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Audio interview: What are the outcomes of implants and restorations placed in general dental practices?

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Dr. Ronald Craig

Podcast Icon SmallChiraz Guessaier, Manager of the CDA Oasis Project, spoke with Dr. Ronald Craig about the research featured in the latest issue of the Journal of the American Dental Association: Outcomes of implants and restorations placed in general dental practices. A retrospective study by the Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning (PEARL) Network

Drs. John D. Da Silva; Julie Kazimiroff; Athena Papas; Frederick A. Curro; Van P. Thompson; Donald A. Vena; Hongyu Wu; Damon Collie; Ronald G. Craig; for the Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning (PEARL) Network Group


Courtesy of the American Dental Association, you can access the full-text article for the next 3 months here (PDF)

Audio interview about the article



Deciding whether to perform endodontic therapy followed by placement of a post and core and restoration or to extract the tooth and replace it with an implant-supported restoration is a common situation encountered in general dental practices.

However, few studies have been conducted in private general practices to help guide the clinician when making these decisions. Most studies pertaining to the outcome of endodontic or implant therapy have been performed in academic or specialty settings and usually have not included the restorative outcome. Therefore, the results of endodontic and implant treatment outcome studies conducted in academic or specialty settings may not be entirely applicable to situations faced in general dental practices.

To address the need for outcome studies conducted in general practices, the Practitioners Engaged in Applied Research and Learning (PEARL) Network, a practice-based research network (PBRN) composed mainly of general dentists within the greater northeastern United States, conducted two large but separate comparative retrospective outcome studies regarding primary endodontic and implant therapy.

Purpose of the Study

The authors conducted a study to determine the types, outcomes, risk factors and esthetic assessment of implants and their restorations placed in the general practices of a practice-based research network.

Key Findings

  • The results of the study suggest that implant survival and success rates in general dental practices may be lower than those reported in studies conducted in academic or specialty settings.
  • The results of this study, generated in the private general practice setting, add to the evidence base to facilitate implant treatment planning.

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Dr. Ronald Craig is Professor, in the Department of Basic Sciences and Craniofacial Biology and the Department of Periodontology and Implant Dentistry in the College of Dentistry at New York University.


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